The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was an old-time radio show which aired in the USA from October 2, 1939 to July 7, 1947. The show first aired on the Blue Network but later moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System. The radio stories were action packed, filled with atmosphere, and featured great music by Lou Kosloff, as well as excellent sound effects.
Originally, the show starred Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. Together, they starred in 220 episodes which aired weekly on Mondays from 8:30 to 9:00pm. Commercialism seeped into the radio show from the start, as Watson himself, played by various actors, took on the co-host role with a spokesman for G. Washington Tea as a visitor ready to hear a Holmes story. Before a blazing fire with tea always at the brew, Watson reminiscences the great tales between comments on how good the tea is! Bromo Quinine sponsored some of the earlier programs on the NBC Blue Network and for a period Parker Pen was the sponsor.
Basil Rathbone's last episode as the famous detective was "The Singular Affair of the Baconian Cipher." He was eager to separate himself from the cast type of Holmes, and even though the show's sponsor Petri Wine offered him generous pay to continue, he decided to move on. Once he did, the sponsor did as well, and Tom Conway took the starring role, though Nigel Bruce got top billing and was always announced first. The new sponsor was Kreml Hair Tonic for Men, and the new series only lasted 39 episodes.
In 1955, NBC re-ran the transcribed BBC series of the original great Conan Doyle stories with the fine actors Sir John Gielgud as Holmes, and Sir Ralph Richardson as Watson, and in "The Final Problem," Orson Welles as Moriarty.
For American radio, the heroine of Holmes on the radio was Edith Meiser, an actress who loved the stories and was convinced they would make great listening. She scripted several Conan Doyle stories and took them around. NBC liked them, but had no sponsor ready. Meiser Shopped for a sponsor for the show herself, and went back to the network triumphantly. Beginning in the early 1930's, she single-handed wrote the show for over a dozen years, first working from the Conan Doyle canon, and then continuing to create stories in the spirit of the originals.
**Go here (http://www.otrsite.com/logs/logs1041.htm) for a comprehensive list of all the known Sherlock Holmes radio shows.**
January 11, 2015 Subject:
Great Sherlock Holmes Collection
This is a fantastic collection of Sherlock Holmes radio episodes. I've already heard many of them over the years,but it is a great service for those who haven't. I particularly liked the inclusion of the Ben Wright show from 1950 which must be extremely rare. There are a few errors on the list that i'd like to point out. "The Camberwell Poisoning" episode is actually a Rathbone show from 1946. "The Haunted Bagpipes" episode is from the Tom Conway series of 1947."The House of The Three Gables" show that is listed as 1931 is,I believe, a Carleton Hobbs UK show from,perhaps, 1964. "The Noble Bachelor" (1933) is also a Hobbs show from around 1959.
December 29, 2014 Subject:
help with episode order
If you want to listen to these in chronological order, here is the order to use. I looked up the air date of every episode in this collection and cleaned up some of the titles. Enjoy!
EPISODE TITLE [AIR DATE] TRACK #
The House of the Three Gables [11-12-1931] 79
Murder by Proxy [01-18-1933] 13
The Noble Bachelor [02-15-1933] 102
The Hebraic Breastplate [11-11-1934] 76
The Haunted Bagpipes [10-29-1936] 73
The Camberwell Poisoning Case [12-06-1943] 35
The Adventure of the Missing Bloodstains [05-15-1944] 94
The Notorious Canary Trainer [04-23-1945] 104
The Unfortunate Tobacconist [04-30-1945] 129
The Paradol Chamber [05-21-1945] 106
Colonel Warburton's Madness [09-10-1945] 7
The Case of the Out of Date Murder [09-17-1945] 105
The Eyes of Mr. Leyton [09-24-1945] 55
The Mystery of the Vanishing Elephant [10-08-1945] 99 & 133
The Manor House Case [10-15-1945] 93
The Great Gandolfo [10-22-1945] 65
Murder in the Moonlight [10-29-1945] 12
The Gunpowder Plot [11-05-1945] 69
The Second Generation [12-17-1945] 116
The Strange Case of the Murderer in Wax [01-07-1946] 96
Murder Beyond the Mountains (Murder in the Himalayas) [01-14-1946] 14
The Strange Case of the Demon Barber (Sweeny Todd) [01-28-1946] 40
The Indiscretion of Mr. Edwards [02-04-1946] 80
The Guileless Gypsy [02-11-1946] 68
The Adventure of the Disappearing Scientists [04-08-1946] 43
The Mystery of the Headless Monk [04-15-1946] 75 & 98
The Waltz of Death [04-29-1946] 135
The Man with the Twisted Lip [05-06-1946] 92
The Strange Adventure of the Uneasy Chair [05-13-1946] 128
The Haunting of Sherlock Holmes (Ben Wright as Watson) [05-20-1946] 74
The Adventure of the Genuine Guarnarius [11-16-1946] 60
The Adventure of the Sally Martin [11-23-1946] 114
The Coptic Compass, the Half-Eaten Apple, and the Unclothed Corpse [12-07-1946] 37
The Singular Affair of the White Cockerel [12-28-1946] 137
The Darlington Substitution Case [01-04-1947] 39
The Babbling Butler [01-27-1947] 21
The Strange Case of the Persecuted Millionaire [02-10-1947] 107
The Horseless Carriage [02-24-1947] 77
Queue for Murder [03-03-1947] 17
The Adventure of the Scarlet Worm [03-24-1947] 115
The Adventure of Maltree Abbey [03-31-1947] 91
The Adventure of the Carpathian Horror [04-14-1947] 36
The Island of Death [04-28-1947] 83
The Remarkable Affair of the Pointless Robbery [05-05-1947] 108
Wisteria Lodge (The Voodoo Curse) [05-12-1947] 138
The Harley Street Murders [05-19-1947] 72
Murder in the Locked Room [06-09-1947] 15
The Adventure of the Innocent Murderess [06-30-1947] 81
The Adventure of the Iron Maiden [07-07-1947] 82
The Dog Who Changed His Mind [09-28-1947] 45
The Missing Heiress [10-05-1947] 95
The Lighthouse, the Frightened Politician, and the Trained Cormorant [10-19-1947] 19
The Laughing Lemur of High Tower Heath [10-26-1947] 86
The Cadaver in the Roman Toga [11-09-1947] 34
The Sussex Vampire [12-14-1947] 125
The Sudden Senility [01-11-1948] 124
Shoscombe Old Place [02-15-1948] 18
Lady Waverly’s Imitation Pearls [04-04-1948] 11
The Empty House [04-11-1948] 53
A Case of Identity [05-30-1948] 1
The Bleeding Chandelier [06-13-1948] 23
The Veiled Lodger [06-20-1948] 134
The Unwelcome Ambassador [09-12-1948] 131
The Bruce-Partington Plans [09-26-1948] 31
The Frightened Bookkeeper [10-03-1948] 59
The Guy Fawkes Society [10-10-1948] 70
Black Peter [10-17-1948] 6
The Fabulous Windmill [10-24-1948] 57
The Uddington Witch [10-31-1948] 127
The Logic of Murder [11-07-1948] 87
The Ancient Queen [11-14-1948] 20
The Discordant Bells [11-21-1948] 44
The Well-Advertised Murder [11-28-1948] 136
The Island of the Dead [12-05-1948] 84
The London Tower [12-12-1948] 88
The Speckled Band [12-19-1948] 121
The Blue Carbuncle [12-26-1948] 27
The Malicious Moor [01-03-1949] 90
The Knife of Vengeance [01-10-1949] 85
The Fabulous Celebrities [01-17-1949] 56
The Bloomsbury Ballad [01-24-1949] 26
The Devil’s Foot [01-31-1949] 41
The Blood-Stained Goddess [02-07-1949] 25
The Guest in the Coffin [02-14-1949] 67
The Hangman and the Book [02-21-1949] 71
The East End Stranger [02-28-1949] 49
Murder on a Wager [03-07-1949] 16
The Unfortunate Valet [03-14-1949] 130
The Elusive Agent - Part 1 [03-21-1949] 50
The Elusive Agent – Part 2 [03-28-1949] 51
The Elusive Agent – Part 3 [04-04-1949] 52
The Mad Miners of Cardiff [04-11-1949] 89
The Burmese Goddess [04-18-1949] 33
The Golden Pince-nez [04-25-1949] 62
The Blood-Soaked Wagon [05-02-1949] 24
The Three Garridebs [05-09-1949] 126
The Gray Pasha [05-16-1949] 64
Dr. Winthrop’s Notorious Carriage [05-23-1949] 9
The Curious Crypt [05-30-1949] 38
The Red Death [06-06-1949] 110
The Duke of Hollywell [03-22-1950] 47
Dr. Watson Meets Sherlock Holmes [10-05-1954] 8
A Scandal in Bohemia [10-12-1954] 3
The Red-Headed League [10-19-1954] 111
The Blue Carbuncle (reused script) [12-14-1954] 28
A Case of Identity (reused script) [11-02-1954] 2
The Dying Detective [11-09-1954] 48
The Second Stain [11-16-1954] 117
The Norwood Builder [11-23-1954] 103
The Solitary Cyclist [11-30-1954] 120
The Six Napoleons [12-07-1954] 119
The Blue Carbuncle (reused script) [12-14-1954] 28
The Final Problem [12-21-1954] 58
The Speckled Band (reused script) [03-20-1955] 122
The Disappearance of Silver Blaze [03-27-1955] 42
The Golden Pince-Nez (reused script) [04-03-1955] 63
The Greek Interpreter [04-05-1960] 66
The Priory School [01-08-1962] 109
His Last Bow [07-10-1969] 10
The Hound of the Baskervilles [03-01-1977] 78
The Sign of Four [03-08-1977] 118
A Study in Scarlet [03-25-1977] 5
The Red-Headed League (reused script) [04-26-1977] 112
The Speckled Band (reused script) [04-28-1977] 123
The Boscombe Pool Mystery [05-31-1977] 30
A Scandal in Bohemia (reused script) [07-11-1977] 4
The Blue Carbuncle (reused script) [07-25-1977] 29
The Beryl Coronet [10-07-1977] 22
The Gloria Scott [11-14-1977] 61
The Vanishing Herd [01-29-1981] 132
The Musgrave Ritual [08-31-1981] 97
The Naval Treaty [04-02-1982] 100
The Reigate Mystery [11-25-1982] 113
The Neglected Farm  101
The Dower Maiden  46
Wow! The episodes with Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson are a cut above the others.
NOTE: The Hound of the Baskervilles is incomplete. The recording ends mid-story.
Reviewer:Mike Grasse -
March 20, 2014 Subject:
People, it's real easy to sort.
March 19, 2014 Subject:
great series, but not worth the trouble
I've heard individual episodes and I was planning on downloading the series, but there are no broadcast dates or "track" numbers in the tags.
I just don't have the time to try to get all of the episodes in proper order.
Too bad :^(
March 10, 2014 Subject:
I agree about the show organization
I like the shows, but organize the shows by original play date is much better. I'll just have to resort the entire collection
February 21, 2014 Subject:
Love Sherlock but even he would hate the manner in which this series is organized...it is crazy.
For sheer listening pleasure, nothing compares to sitting in my
darkened kitchen in the wee hours here in the south of France, sipping a glass of wine (not Petri) and enjoying the adventures of the immortal Holmes and Watson. Yes, it is a shame the episodes are not chronological, but c'est la vie. Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce
are by far the best - the real thing.
Reviewer:Donald Motley -
July 24, 2013 Subject:
Too bad about the episode list's alphabetical order
Yet another promising collection spoiled by a collector's mania for alphabetical order in the episode list.
At the end of each episode is a teaser of the next week's story, and that's the one I want to hear next time I "tune in". If I needed to find a particular episode title, it would be easy enough to scroll down a chronological list, but to untangle broadcast order from alphabetical is really tedious.
Please, collectors, give us broadcast-date order! Alphabetical order is worse than useless.
April 9, 2013 Subject:
Found the 16kbps episodes
The 125+ zip file contained 46 files at 64kbps rate. I found 101 16kbps files elsewhere on my hard drive under a folder named "sherlockholmesOTRkibmseries." Apparently the 16kbps folder is no longer on the archive or has been replaced by the other compilations. Would be nice if a certified or comprehensive VBR folder would tie all these great Sherlock OTR episodes together.
March 5, 2013 Subject:
Now I want a Clipper Craft coat!
Or maybe one of those tropical shirts Dr. Watson finds so breezy on hot june evenings...
January 4, 2013 Subject:
Missing information and shows
The otrsite has serious gaps as shown by the Sherlock Holmes Adventures Podcast via iTunes.
For example, that podcast provides Shoscombe Old Place starring Hobbs & Shelley but the otrsite gives no indication as any such story even existing.
This means that if like me you try to organize the shows by airdate (to better capture that feeling of old time radio) you are at time mystified as to where an episode goes.
Also the heavy-handedness of the sponsor and corny and cheesy plots is as much a part of the shows are the well written plots. Even Conan Doyle muffed it as seen with "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone" and not putting those shows up out of what in the end is personal views is IMHO not fair to those with different tastes.
August 29, 2012 Subject:
Well done Audio book of Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
These recordings are done well and are exactly the short stories (the first reader is not to my taste).
I recommend for family car rides.
June 2, 2012 Subject:
Just brilliant. Thank you for your contribution. I do not know where else I could find such a gem.
Reviewer:allan feldberg -
November 25, 2011 Subject:
The Case of the Neglected Farm 30 Jan 1983
Not a Sherlock Holmes detective radio show.
The following is cut and pasted from
The Second Holmes
BBC Radio 4 - 1983
Starring Peter Egan as Stamford Holmes &
Jeremy Nicholas as Dr Watson
Written by Grant Eustace
Produced by Paul Mayhew-Archer
SECOND HOLMES was a series of six shows brought to radio by the
British Broadcasting Corporation in early 1983. These were humorous
cases of detective Stamford Holmes, the grandson of Sherlock Holmes (???),
played by Peter Egan and his counterpart, Dr. Watson, the grandson
of Sherlock Holmes's companion, played by Jeremy Nicholas.
Stamford Holmes is a reluctant consulting detective in a modern age
where the crimes are mundane, not offering challenge. Although he
has his grandfather's ability to see detail and use them to arrive
at conclusions, he gets quickly bored by his cases. Were it not for
Dr. Watson pushing and prodding him, Holmes would be off on some other
enterprise. Watson is more the romantic, longing to participate in
detective adventures of the days of grandfather, believing the cases
at hand will prove Holmes' worth.
Ref Title Date
C38301 The Case of the Grandfather's Client 03 Jan 1983
C38302 The Case of the Maltese Pearls 09 Jan 1983
C38303 The Case of the Reading Undertaker 16 Jan 1983
C38304 The Case of the Shadowed Minister 23 Jan 1983
C38305 The Case of the Neglected Farm 30 Jan 1983
C38306 The Case of the Missing Link 06 Feb 1983
There were other sites with more info, but this is sufficient.
April 18, 2011 Subject:
You filled in serveral blanks and a few taht I just had on tape. Many Many Thanks
April 18, 2011 Subject:
I would like to thank you for your effort in putting together this collection.
Radio is a special medium, and i hope to see if still around when i am old. Thank you! Old Time Radio is dangerously scattered and disorganized.
Reviewer:Jan Van -
February 25, 2011 Subject:
thank you for all of your hard work putting this together and sharing with others!
January 19, 2011 Subject:
with much gratitude
Thanks so much for uploading these for our pleasure. I have spent a great deal on these shows from people like rdio spirits. Thanks again for making these available to all of us.
July 25, 2010 Subject:
I had 12 of these Gielgud/Richardson episodes on cassette as a kid and loved them. Now I have them again. Several had different titles, like The Dying Detective is Rare Disease and Charles Milverton is The Yatsey Case. Nice sound quality--better than my worn out cassettes.